Where wild things are under threat, wildlife trade needs to be dealt with

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Banner image: “Tigers rub against a cage fence at a captive breeding centre for large predators at an undisclosed location in the Free State, South Africa, in this undated picture released in November 2005 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). (Photo: EPA)“ By Lynn Johnson, Daily Maverick, 20 …

Proposed return to ivory and rhino horn trading

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Banner image courtesy of Environmental Investigation Agency Petition: “Don’t let CITES delist Elephants and Rhinos as endangered animals!,” Care2Petitions The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES), will be holding its eighteenth Conference of the Parties (CoP18), Colombo, Sri Lanka, 23 May – 3 June 2019. …

Protecting Hunting from the Hunters

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On the 1 January 2019, a platform “Conservation Frontlines” was launched to raise the ‘virtues’ of hunting in the public consciousness (against the swathe of negative press that has been acknowledged as swaying public opinion against trophy hunting). Conservation Frontlines suggests that: “The best chance to secure social acceptance for …

2018 Review

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Banner image courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration At the close of 2018 after 30+ years of flouting international law, Japan has announced that it is set to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and recommence commercial whaling in the summer 2019, within Japan’s ‘own waters:’ “Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga …

Hunting Trophy Importation – United Kingdom

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Banner image courtesy of Protect All Wildlife Petition: “Email your MP – Ban Trophy Hunting imports to the UK!” – Care2Petitions Petition: “Ban the import of hunting trophies from threatened species,” 38 Degrees, Born Free Foundation An Early Day Motion (EDM) has been tabled in the United Kingdom Parliament by Zac …

China Announces ‘Legal Trade’ in Rhino and Tiger Products

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Banner image – Courtesy of WWF Singapore – Janissa Ng Petition – “China Just Lifted the Ban on Rhino and Tiger Products,” Care2 Petitions China’s announcement (29 October 2018) has set in motion potentially even more parallel markets for legal and illegal sources to supply Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – with …

Rhino Horn Trade in South Africa

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Banner image “de-horning a black rhino” courtesy of Save the Rhino The Republic of South Africa, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA) has issued for consultation: Government Notice 986 “Draft Regulations relating to Domestic Trade in Rhinoceros Horn” and Government Notice 987 “Draft notice prohibiting the carrying out of certain restricted activities involving …

Elephants in Botswana

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Banner Image courtesy of oxandson Petition – “Don’t shoot Africa’s last elephants” Care2 Save Elephants This past week, we have had the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT, 2018) conference in London. The third party reports seen from attendees at IWT 2018 reinforces the message that for any given persecuted species, such as the …